High-profile line-up announced for this year’s Low Carbon Network Innovation Conference
For immediate release - 27 September 2018
Energy Networks Association (ENA) today announced a programme of high-profile UK and global speakers for the UK’s largest electricity and gas grid decarbonisation event, the Low Carbon Network Innovation (LCNI) conference. The timing of this year’s event coincides with the 10th anniversary of the introduction of the Climate Change Act 2018 and the UK Government’s first ever Green Great Britain Week.
Over two days, 16th and 17th October 2018 in Telford, England, the brightest minds in the energy industry will come together to share ideas and best practice on this year’s theme of decarbonisation and a ‘whole systems approach’ to developing the UK’s future energy system.
This year’s line-up brings together leading industry and academic experts from the UK with speakers from other countries leading the smart energy transition including Australia and the United States of America. This includes:
- Jonathan Brearley, Executive Director Systems and Networks, Ofgem;
- Andrew Dillon, Chief Executive Officer, Energy Networks Australia;
- Julia Hamm, Chief Executive Officer, Smart Electric Power Alliance;
- Mike Muldoon, Head of Business Development & Marketing, Alstom Trains; and
- Chris Train, Chief Executive Officer, Cadent.
Day one of the conference will begin with a plenary session on the conference theme of electricity and gas decarbonisation, followed by breakout sessions on areas including: transport; the industry-leading Open Networks Project; reliability and maintenance; communities; low-carbon technologies; heat; distributed energy generation; and the future of gas.
Leading universities in energy research will open day two of the conference, with experts sharing their latest thinking on a whole systems approach to decarbonising the energy system. Key contributors to this session include: Newcastle University and the Centre for Energy Systems Integration; Imperial College London; University of Strathclyde; and the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies.
This year’s inaugural Dragons’ Den session will also be held on day two of the conference. Qualifying SMEs and start-ups will pitch their most innovative business ideas to a panel of senior industry judges from: Northern Powergrid; National Grid; Wales and West Utilities; and Sustainable Technology Investors Limited. The winners will receive £10,000 to develop their proposal into a Network Innovation Allowance project.
The LCNI conference is hosted annually by ENA on behalf of the UK electricity and gas licensed network operators. The 2018 headline sponsor is Cadent. Tickets for the LCNI conference are on sale now and available online.
David Smith, Chief Executive of ENA, comments:
“The LCNI is the largest electricity and gas smart grid conference in the UK and brings together leaders from across energy innovation. We have one of the most reliable networks in the world and we are recognised globally for our pioneering work on decarbonising our energy system. We are active across the UK and we make sure that communities, households and businesses benefit from our activity. This event is a must-attend conference for anyone with an interest in energy systems and decarbonisation.
“The networks are rising to the challenge of delivering a secure, low carbon and low cost energy system so there is a huge opportunity for consumers, for businesses and for energy innovators to take part. We look forward to warmly welcoming attendees to Telford to be part of it.”
Notes to Editors
ENA represents the companies that operate and maintain the gas and electricity grid network in the UK and Ireland. Serving over 30 million customers, they are responsible for the transmission and distribution network of “wires and pipes” that keep our lights on, our homes warm and our businesses running.
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